Russian-born Kirill Gerstein has drawn on childhood roots in Boston to build an already dazzling career highlighted by major awards and an omnivorous approach to music.
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Gerstein's masterful technique, musical curiosity and probing interpretations have led to explorations of classical music and jazz, advanced degrees by the age of 20, a professorship in piano by the age of 27, and a full performance schedule at the world’s major music centers and festivals.
In January 2010 he was named the recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. Only the sixth pianist to have been so honored, the Gilmore Award is made to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. He was also honored by being awarded a 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant in April 2010.
Gerstein visits Classical New England's Fraser Performance Studio and host Cathy Fuller. On the program are songs by George Gershwin as transcribed by Earl Wild and music by Gyorgy Ligeti, all in a preview of a concert he gave on at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.
Here is video of a concert performance by Gerstein, in which he joins the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and conductor Gustavo Dudamel for part four of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety:"
(Photo of Kirill Gerstein courtesy of the artist)
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